HMS Jonquil (K68)

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HMS Jonquil (K68) IWM FL 22394.jpg
Underway in 1944
RN EnsignUnited Kingdom
Name: HMS Jonquil
Ordered: 31 August 1939
Builder: Fleming and Ferguson
Laid down: 27 December 1939
Commissioned: 20 October 1940
Decommissioned: August 1945
Identification: Pennant number: K68
Fate: Sold to Greece, renamed Lemnos
Flag of Greece.svgGreece
Name: Lemnos
Renamed: Olympic Rider (1951)
Fate: Sank in 1955 after a collision.
General characteristics
Class and type: Flower-class corvette
Displacement: 925 long tons
Length: 205 ft (62 m) o/a
Beam: 33 ft (10 m)
Draught: 11 ft 6 in (3.51 m)
  • 1 × 4-cycle triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
  • 2 × fire tube Scotch boilers
  • Single shaft
  • 2,750 ihp (2,050 kW)
Speed: 16 kn (30 km/h)
Range: 3,500 nmi (6,500 km) at 12 kn (22 km/h)
Complement: 85
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • 1 × SW1C or 2C radar
  • 1 × Type 123A or Type 127DV sonar

HMS Jonquil was a Flower-class corvette of the British Royal Navy. The corvette, named after the flower genus Jonquil, served in the Second World War.

Laid down by the company Fleming and Ferguson on 27 December 1939 and launched on 9 July 1940, Jonquil entered service on 20 October and assumed convoy responsibilities the following month.[1] Her first deployment was as an escort for Convoy WS.5A, bound for the West African port of Freetown.[1]

Jonquil survived the war but was relegated to the reserve at Gibraltar from August 1945. Bought by Greece, the corvette was renamed Lemnos and was converted into a merchant vessel. Redesignated Olympic Rider in 1951, Jonquil sank after a collision with Olympic Cruiser in the Antarctic in 1955.[1]


  1. ^ a b c *Mason, Geoffrey B (2005), Chronologies of War Service of Royal Navy Warships: HMS Jonquil - Flower-class Corvette, Retrieved 22 July 2009.